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A murder probe has been launched after police found the body of a man in his home.
Martin Decker, 69, died from a “severe blunt force head injury” in a luxury development in Prenton, Birkenhead, on the Wirral, Merseyside.
Detectives made the discovery after being called to the property at around 5.20pm on Sunday, the Liverpool Echo reports.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers are now trying to piece together his movements in the days before the attack.
A Home Office post mortem found the cause of death to be a severe blunt force head injury.
Police said the victim lived alone and his next-of-kin have been informed.
Officers are combing the area for clues and carrying out house-to-house and forensic inquiries.
They are also trawling through CCTV footage.
Merseyside Police said he lived in Vyner Croft, a small cul-de-sac in the neighbourhood.
The force said a "number of lines of enquiry are being pursued".
Detective Chief Inspector Rachel Wilson said: “This is obviously a very a tragic incident and our thoughts are with Mr Decker’s family and friends.
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“The investigation is in the very early stages and we are currently working to establish Mr Decker’s movements on the Saturday and Sunday (6th/7th March).
“Vyner Croft is only a small cul-de-sac and I am keen to establish if there was anyone seen in that road or any of the surrounding roads acting suspiciously prior to the discovery of Mr Decker’s body.
“I would ask anyone, including delivery or taxi drivers, who were driving in the area in the past few days to check their dash cam to see if they have captured anything significant.
"I would also ask anyone who may have mobile phone or CCTV footage to get in touch as they may be able to assist our investigation."
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